Johnson County renters owe nearly $32M in unpaid rent, according to new report

Kansas housing survey

In Johnson County, 12% of rental households are estimated to be behind on rent, according to a new county-by-county analysis from nonprofit Surgo Ventures. Overall, Johnson County renters owe nearly $32 million in back rent. Filed image.

Unpaid rent is increasing in Johnson County, according to a new data analysis that shows more than 8,300 rental households in the county, or roughly 12% of the total, are behind on monthly rental payments as of early August.

The newly released data from Surgo Ventures, a nonprofit organization that uses data to analyze health and social issues, gives a county-by-county analysis of back rent across the U.S.

The estimated number of rental households in arrears in Johnson County has gone up steadily since July, according to the data, mirroring trends across Kansas and the U.S.